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Granola Bars

My 6 year old takes cold lunch almost every day to school.  I am always on the look out for healthier snacks and treats I can put in his lunch.  The kid would live on crackers for snacks if I would let him.  He is hit or miss with the store bought granola bars, so I have been on a mission to make a healthy granola bar at home that he will eat.  Well I have done it!  He has even asked that he have this for the dessert in his lunch!  If you follow me on facebook you may remember me mentioning these the other day.  They are super addicting, I was having a hard time staying away from them!  Kind of defeats the purpose of a healthier snack if you eat twice as much :)

Tropical Traditions sent me a giant jar of coconut oil to try out.  That stuff is amazing!  I have used coconut oil in the past, and the smell is just wonderful.  You get a hint of coconut in what you are making, which is perfect this time of year when everyone is longing for warmer weather.  I decided to make granola bars with the coconut oil, instead of butter.  Best.  Decision.  Ever.  (OK, maybe not EVER, but you get the idea)  Seriously, pick up a jar today and make these!


Granola Bars
 
Serves: 12
Prep time:
Total time:
 
Quick an easy granola bars you can make at home. Way better than the store bought kind.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup peanut butter chocolate chips (or just plain chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan heat oil, peanut butter, and honey over a medium heat. Once melted and fully combined mix in the oats and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate chips are melted. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Stir in the rest of the chips, and spread into a lined 8x8 pan. Put in fridge until completely set. Cut into squares. Store in fridge.
Notes
Adapted from Marathon Mom

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Ooh yum! I love making healthy-ish granola bars!! Mmmm covered in chocolate? Yes please!

  2. Now this is my kind of granola bar! Coconut, oats and chocolate chips-those the are marvelous together. Great snack for kids as well as adults-delicious post.

  3. Granola bar with peanut butter and chocolate that is healthier? Love!

    • Peanut butter has protein :) Coconut oil is way better than butter, and then lots of oats! Plus honey instead of straight sugar – so maybe healthy – ish is a better term!

  4. oh man – those look like total chocolate goodness in a stick!

  5. Love the look of your granola bars, will have to bake these for my grand kids!

  6. I remember the days of taking packed school lunches. I always looked forward to my treat. This certainly would have helped me get through the rest of my day. You are a great mom Erin!

  7. These look delicious!! I cannot wait to get into my new apartment (next week!) so that I can actually start cooking more healthy, and this will be my first recipe I’m trying. I love granola bars! I’ve never used coconut oil, or seen it actually, hopefully I can find it in these sad excuse for grocery stores in nyc. :)

    • I find it in the baking aisle – I found it when I was in Iowa and now in Colorado – so I am sure you can find it in NYC :) If not, you can use the same amount of butter.

  8. Those look so good that it would be hard to share with the kids I intended them for!! There used to be a chocolate granola bar, years ago, that I would buy and end up eating myself. These are bringing back drool worthy memories. Must try!!

  9. Oh, YUM! These sound fantastic.

  10. Whoa!! These look fantastic!! Oats and chocolate, I don’t see how you can go wrong!

  11. What a fantastic snack, Erin! These sound great. xx

  12. These look fantastic, yum!

  13. Looks like a great granola bar. I pack my son’s lunch everyday too… it’s so hard to find things he likes without him getting bored. Thanks for sharing this idea. :) Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

  14. These look incredible!! I’ve been playing around with a bunch of different granola bar recipes as well to find something healthy and that my son would enjoy. These are definitely next on my list to try!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Willa

  15. I’ve never worked with coconut oil–thanks for posting about it. These bars look fabulous!

  16. I am a sad portrait of a coconut oil addict as well as a granola addict so I LOVE this idea Erin. Definitely bookmarking this one for when I get more coconut oil. Buzzed!

  17. These look so good! I bet the coconut oil added such a great flavor. I need to make some for my boys for after-school snacks!

  18. Now this is a granola bar I could actually eat! Such yummy ingredients!!! And I’m so glad you saw my twist on your Milky Ways…you always inspire me :)

  19. I have a feeling that if I made those, I would eat them all at once. They look easy to pick up and put in your mouth. :)

  20. These look amazing. Chocolate and coconut are two of my favorite things. I have made granola bars at home in the past but they are more of the fruity, nutty kind. These look so much more delicious!

  21. ~~OMG,
    these are not your mama’s granola bars.

    FaaaaaabULOUS!!!

  22. I love granola bars, and yours look amazing!

  23. They sound delicious! I’ve not worked with coconut oil yet – I know I need to pick up a jar, because it sounds amazing!

  24. I am loving these – I go back in *shudder* 1 day and 1 evening to school and I think I could definitely use some of these delicious bars to get me back on track :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  25. Gosh these look awesome, I wonder if my little girl will eat them.

  26. I am making some of these today for my husband. He is a Personal Trainer and always needs quick snacks that aren’t full of preservatives.

  27. Oooh, yum. I love this kind of bar to death! :)

  28. These are awesome, Erin! I love how chocolatey they are! I really need to get my hands on a jar of coconut oil!!

  29. This is such a great treat to make for kids and adults alike. Great work Erin.

  30. What a great idea for school snack or lunch dessert! Well done sweetie, they look fantastic and very tasty! Congrats on well deserved top 9!!!

  31. These look divine but our schools are peanut free here, I guess in some places you can still pack peanut butter in school lunch.

  32. Sorry to say it, but, there is nothing healthy about them.. chocolate sugar and fat.. boom and 10 kg is back on the stomach

  33. I love that you’re making him granola bars instead of purchasing them. You never know what they put in the store bought bars. Have a good week!

  34. Healthy AND simple?!?!? Yes, please! And congrats on making Top 9!

  35. Woo hoo!! Congrats on your top 9! This recipe is SO deserving of that, they look delicious! Great job Erin!

  36. These look amazing Erin! No wonder they made it to the Top 9! Congrats!

  37. I love granolla bar, and this just makes me craving erin…
    no wander ur son love it, the pic just how up how the bar is so irrisistable for kids and adult!
    Tq for sharing, love to know that know ur son have another snack for his lunch… and congratz for the top 9 today! ;)

  38. Oh wow, those do look amazing; even I think so. I would be eating more than the allotted amount for sure and I’m not sure if any would make it to Dudette’s lunch box!

  39. Can you (or anyone) recommend a good substitute for coconut oil? These sound fantastic, but I totally hate coconut. It makes me want to barf… :-(

  40. This looks delicious! I’ve never used coconut oil before but I saw it in the supermarkets and wondering how I can use up everything. This recipe sounds so good. I’m keeping this in case I decide to buy coconut oil. I love coconut, so I totally should, right? ;-)

  41. I’ve made granola bars before, but they never looked as good as yours and my kids wouldn’t touch them. It’s always a winner in my book if my kids ask for something I’ve made :)

  42. Wow, these sound amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

  43. I love coconut oil now too! It smells so good that I don’t mind “accidentally” getting it all over my hands while I’m baking!
    I’ve been on such a granola kick lately, that your bars look right up my alley. I made chocolate granola that I could not stop eating: http://cupcakesaremylife.blogspot.com/2012/01/rich-chocolate-healthy-granola.html

  44. i am ALWAYS on the hunt for new granola bar recipes! i posted a couple peanut butter banana ones on my blog. I’ve never made them with coconut oil/chocolate though. YUM!

  45. Hi There!
    I just found this recipe after signing up for Hellocotton!!! I cant wait to try it later on today to make for my boyfriend to take to work! Please look for the recipe posting soon, and I will of course link it back to you!
    Please check at http://www.girlsenville.blogspot.com
    Thanks! Megan (1/2 of Girls En Ville)

  46. My son is allergic to peanut butter, do you think i could substitute the peanut butter for something else? Thanks for your help.

  47. Just made them! Soooooooooooo good and easy! I didn’t add the extra chocolate and are still very sweet so might even cut back on the honey next time! I a
    So used almond butter.. I might add some chia seeds too!

  48. These sound awesome. Right up our alley. I’m pinning these to try later.

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